Sightseeing in D.C.

First View of D.C..JPG

For some reason I am having extreme difficulty gathering my thoughts and energy after this last road trip. I am not sure if sleep deprivation, age, or the heat is to blame. Perhaps it is a mish mash of all of those things put together.

I have a feeling some of the problem comes from seeing so much in such a short space of time. During our time in our nation’s capitol we logged many miles on foot (12 on Thursday according to the Fitbit) and saw so many things that my brain may be slightly on overload.  I spoke with my sister and she was commenting on the same phenomenon.

The Thursday we were there, we were given the opportunity to go sight seeing.  We started out with a bus ride to Arlington National Cemetery. Once there we were able to find the marker of our relative, Julian. We also saw, from afar, families laying their loved ones to rest.

As we walked past the endless white gravestones and memorials we knew that we were indeed on hallowed ground. The sacrifices made by our soldiers and their families were very evident all around us. The sound of the 21 gun salutes and bagpipes drifted over the acres of headstones. It was beautiful in a quiet, sad, haunting way.

Once our bus left Arlington, we were dropped off near the National Mall to do some sight-seeing on our own. My sister and I headed towards the White House as our first stop.  Fortunately another gal on our bus gave us a map so we could find our way around. (We are slightly directionally challenged and I am sure our husbands were amazed that we did not get lost that week! I will admit that our map was kind of in shreds by the end of our trip.)

It was interesting to see all the different people that come to visit this city and also those who make their living here. We encountered tourist, like ourselves, street dancers, water peddlers, food stand vendors and more. It was so neat to be able to talk with them.

The buildings in D.C. are truly amazing.  It always makes me wonder how they did that with the equipment they had at the time.

Once we made it around the White House area we headed for the memorials along the Tidal Basin. We were able to visit the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, see the statue “The Brotherhood”, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Martin Luther King  Jr. Memorial,  Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument. We were very fortunate to get in on the tail end of some tour groups so we learned a lot of new things about the history of the memorials.

By the time we made it to see Mr. Jefferson I was pooped, hot and my feet hurt.  I sat in the shade and told my sister to go on up and hang out with him awhile and I would be with her shortly.

We strolled our way back to the Smithsonian as that was the assigned meeting place for the bus. Once there, we decided to go in and cool off in the air-conditioned museum. It felt wonderful!

We were able to see a small tidbit of American History. We looked through the pictures and memorabilia of the protests of the 60s that began paving the way for equal rights and desegregation. It was good to see how far we have come but also to acknowledge how far we still need to go.

It would be interesting to ask the founding fathers what they think of this country that they fought so hard for. I wonder if they would be proud, sad, disturbed, happy or a blend of every emotion out there. I also wonder what we will look like in the years to come.

History is a relentless master.
It has no present,
only the past rushing into the future.
To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.
John F. Kennedy

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History,
despite its wrenching pain,
cannot be unlived,
but if faced with courage,
need not be lived again.
Maya Angelou

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